Hello, and welcome to "Depression: Expert Answers". I'm your host Amy Alpine,
and today we'll be answering questions from WebMD's depression exchange board. And joining me once again is Dr. Melva Green. Dr. Green, thanks so much for being here.
Always a pleasure.
So a member writes in I had postpartum depression with my first child will I necessarily have it with my second? That's a great question.
If you've had postpartum depression, there are no guarantees that you'll have another experience, however, given the history of a postpartum bought, there is an increase,
a pretty significant increase- about 70 percent. But there's hope. The good news is you've already had the experience.
You already know that you're vulnerable at this particular time and space in your life.
So this would be a great time to put together that power team: Pediatrician, your OBGYN, tracking the post natal depression scores. Taking a look at your risks
– is it changing, is it getting better, is it staying the same? Also engaging with lay professionals, other mothers who've experienced postpartum depression. They're a great resource.
So that support is key then?
The support is key during this particular part of time, especially with the history of postpartum depression.
We already know there's a vulnerability so engaging the resources – the professionals, the professional community. Engaging them in the process.
Women who've had a severe bout of postpartum depression, and what I mean by severe is psychotic symptoms or suicidal gestures, suicidal thoughts,
those women really want to be closely engaged and may even decide, with the help of their provider, that they may want to resume their treatment even before the symptoms recur.
Thank you so much Dr. Green
Thank you for having me
And, we'll see you next time on depression expert answers